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Armenia: Here’s some exclusive information about the internal selection!

Armenia returns to the Eurovision Song Contest this year, after being forced to abstain last year due to dramatic developments in Nagorno-Karabakh and after its recent victory at Junior Eurovision 2021. Three artists are in the run to represent the country in Turin, according to local media, with Eurovisionfun giving you more information.

The artists participating in the internal closed selection, which Armenia is holding for Eurovision 2022, will have to submit their candidate songs on the country’s public television by January 31st. Big favourites according to what is said in the media, but also according to our information are the winner of the New Wave Festival 2021 Saro Gevorgyan, the representative of Armenia in Eurovision 2020 that was cancelled Athena Manoukian and the drag queen Kamil!

Athena Manoukian 
Athena Manoukian, who lives and works in Greece, but is of Armenian descent from her father, has already submitted her song. According to our exclusive information, this is a song signed and written by the songwriters of El Diablo and it is quite reminiscent in style of Stromae’s Alors On Dense.

Saro Gevorgyan
Saro Gevorgyan is in the recording stage of his own participation. By the summer, Saro had hinted that after his victory at the New Wave Festival, the most important music event for the countries of Eastern Europe, he would try to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest. Philipp Kirkorov even reinforced these rumors, saying that Saro should participate in Eurovision 2022.

The rumors are coming true, since after the meeting of the young artist with Dimitris Kontopoulos in Moscow a few days ago, now as mentioned in the local press, the song with which he will claim the ticket of Armenia to Turin is being recorded.

The song according to our information is a dynamic ballad, which highlights the range of Saro’s voice, with a melody that easily stays in the listener’s head.

Kamil

Arsen Gryogoryan or the drag queen he plays, Kamil, may be the outsider, but they also claim to represent Armenia in the competition. In 2018, Kamil participated in Depi Evratesil, occupying the fourth place with the song Puerto Rico. Their participation is expected to be unconventional like all their songs.

Armenia participates in the second half of the first semi-final of Eurovision 2022, hoping to be in the final for the first time since 2017!

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Armenia: One of these 4 artists is likely to represent the country in Turin!

Armenia is quiet as per usual and will probably reveal its entry at the last moment. However, according to the speculations and rumours, one of these 4 artists/bands is likely to represent Armenia in the 2022 Contest which will be held in Turin, Italy. Their names are – Ladaniva, Saro Gevorgyan, Athena Manoukian, Brunette.

Ladaniva is a multicultural band creating world music with a fresh touch of Armenian folk and other traditional forms, such as maloya, Balkan, reggae, Arabic, African. The group was founded in October 2019 by Armenian singer Jacqueline Baghdasaryan and French multi-instrumentalist Louis Thomas. Ladaniva is very popular among Armenians. During the tough times, the only thing that would bring happiness to Armenians all over the world was their single ‘Kef Chilini’. Ladaniva would be a fascinating and outstanding choice to represent the country and could easily be in the run to win the televoting in Italy this year.

Saro Gevorgyan is a talented singer and songwriter. In 2016, Saro Gevorgyan took part in the Depi Evratesil show, the Armenian national selection for ESC 2017, where he got into Aram MP3’s team. In 2019, he participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv as the backing vocalist of Armenia’s participant Srbuk. In 2021, he won the New Wave competition in Sochi, becoming the third participant to bring victory to Armenia in the entire history of its participation. He amazed with his fabulous vocals such big names as Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos, Dimash and etc. Saro is very close to the delegation and lately we’ve heard a famous Armenian artist Erik Karapetyan say that Saro is a future Eurovision winner. He could bring an amazing result to Armenia with a modern and emotional ballad!

Athena Manoukian is a Greek-Armenian singer and songwriter. She’s the biggest favourite of eurofans all around the world to represent Armenia in the contest this year. Athena won the Armenian National Selection in 2020 with her song ‘Chains On You’ which automatically became Armenia’s entry for the contest which got cancelled later. Lately, she went to Armenia and as she had mentioned, that trip had something to do with Eurovision. Athena is capable of getting an amazing result with something as modern and catchy as her 2020 entry!

Brunette hails from Yerevan, Armenia. She’s part of Nvak (a non-profit organisation that nurtures artists who live in countries experiencing social, political and/or cultural turmoil) which was founded by Tamar Kaprelian (Armenia ESC 2015, Depi Evratesil 2018). She’s very close with Saro Gevorgyan. Brunette was also rumoured for Depi Evratesil 2020, but unfortunately she wasn’t on the list. This year she’s once again rumoured to be one of the 4 main candidates to fly the Armenian flag in Turin. With a high-quality modern and catchy song the newcomer could possibly bring one of Armenia’s best results if not the best to the country.

The minority of Armenians are also claiming that the winner of the first edition of The Masked Singer Armenia, Erik Karapetyan, Sona Rubenyan and Ani Kristi could be in the run as well. Sadly, there’s no certain information about Armenia but it definitely could arrive later.

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Armenia: With Sirusho at Eurovision 2021?

A literally last minute news. Through her personal Twitter account, the popular singer Sirusho, who successfully represented her country in 2008 – occupying the fourth place with Qele Qele, hints with her continuous Tweets that she will represent Armenia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest!

It all started with this post, in which Sirusho reveals that very soon we will have an important news from her, while at the same time she states that a lot of work awaits her this year…

A few minutes later, she returns with a new post, in her mother tongue this time, in which she promises that she will do her best to represent Armenia worthily, but without telling us where she will represent her country!

 

Immediately after, wanting to shed light on the mystery of her posts (?), She asks her followers, which Eurovision artist is the one with whom a new song will be released very soon and in fact it will be something big…

 

Is Sirusho the artists that the Armenian public television chose for Eurovision 2021? Will she represent her country in a duet with another Armenian eurostar? If all the above are true then you realize that Athena Manoukian will not have the opportunity to be on the stage of the competition, at least for 2021.

In recent days, the internet has been flooded with rumors, coming mainly from social media, according to which Armenia would make announcements about its Eurovision entry on February 10. There were many who expected that in a special and difficult year for Armenia, the country’s public broadcaster would decide to abstain from the contest, as happened in Junior Eurovision. However, it seems that Armenia is recruiting its bests for Eurovision 2021, wanting a very strong representation!

While we wait for the landscape to clear up, let’s remember Sirusho Qele Qele once again:

Would you like to see Sirusho representing Armenia in Eurovision 2021?

Armenia: Listen to the final version of “Chains On You” for Eurovision 2020

Athena Manoukian with the song “Chains On You”, winning the Depi Evratesil, became the representative of Armenia in Rotterdam. A few hours after her victory, she announced that she would make changes to her song to achieve a better result. Almost a month after Depi Evratesil’s big finale, we can officially hear the final version of the song.

There are various changes to the orchestration of “Chains On You”. Compared to its original form, the RnB and ethnic elements of the song are more intense. While a long bridge has been added to the last minute of “Chains On You”! You can listen to the revamp below:

https://youtu.be/XpQHGMM8c5U

Who is Athena Manoukian?

Athena Manoukian, a 25-year-old Greek of Armenian descent, took her first steps in the music industry in 2007, when she won first place in the Alpha Talent Competition, What’s Missing?

The following year, she participated in the competition for Greek participation in Eurovision Junior, with the song, “Aphrodite’s Kiss”, winning third place, failing to get a ticket to Limassol.

In 2011, she released her first single, “Party Like A Freak”, which counts over a million views on YouTube. In 2012, however, her single “I Surrender” became one of the summer hits.

In the fall of the same year, she released her first Greek-speaking song, “Say How You Love Me”.

In 2014, the 25-year-old singer released the single “XO” that introduced her to the airplay of Scandinavia and Australia. In fact, it became better known in Armenia, largely occupied by the media.

She owns two music awards. In 2015 he won the award for best song in English at the Armenian Pulse Music Awards, and won the European Song Contest for the same category the following year.

In addition, Athena is one of the composers of the song “My Old Love” of Elena Paparizou. In 2018, the singer appeared on the British music competition audition, The X-Factor, claiming a spot on the show, singing Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. Athena is very excited about Robbie Williams, who thinks she can do many things in the music industry.